Legislation of the much anticipated immigration overhaul has passed its first hurdle. This potentially takes some undocumented residents of South Florida one step closer to legal residency in the United States. Earlier this week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sending it to the full Senate for debate. The bill passed on a 13-to-5 bipartisan vote. Prior to its passage, more than 300 amendments were made.
Undocumented individuals living throughout the nation are likely monitoring the immigration legislation very closely. The same is probably true of individuals residing in other countries who would like to call the U.S. home as well. Because of the impact the legislation could have on the lives of many, this is not surprising.
As is the case with virtually all legislation, some are pleased with the content of the bill while others feel that there is more than they want included. Individuals in the high-tech industry are likely quite happy. A fair number of individuals who work in the industry spent time with legislators in an attempt to sway things in their direction. Still others feel that something is missing. The exclusion of one amendment could cause some to feel that way. Despite extensive debate on the matter, none of the individuals on the committee offered an amendment that would make it possible for a resident of the country to seek a green card for his or her same-sex partner.
Debate on the legislation will probably begin in June. There will almost certainly be much more news on the subject then.
Source: New York Times, "Immigration Overhaul Wins Panel’s Backing in the Senate," Ashley Parker and Julia Preston, May 21, 2013